As I mentioned here 2014 will be the year of bloggers, for bloggers. Influenced by and dedicated to Samara at A Buick in the Land of Lexus, please enjoy the following. 

Some time ago there was a certain French Canadian Clown who suggested everyone follow and read Samara’s blog. As usual, when a suggestion was made I went along…and wasn’t let down. I enjoyed the first few posts Samara put up after I began following, but I began to trail off. Then, someone else came along and reintroduced me to Samara. Rara. Rara decided to put up a new blog, a blog that would serve as a safe place for people to share their stories that couldn’t fit in their own space. Rara put this all together right before she turned herself in for a crime she didn’t commit. Rara decided to hand it off to several people, myself and Samara being two of them. Samara has been very instrumental in getting us ready, in getting us organized for this new endeavor. She wants this site to succeed as much or probably more than anyone else, so it will be easier for us to remember how it started. It will be easier for us to remember what Rara stands for. Easier for us to remember…

Samara and a chip cup. (Credit: Samara)
Samara and a chirp cup. (Credit: Samara)

Anyway, back to the Remembering…

 I know this may be a stretch, but I’m pretty unconcerned with that.

This Memorial Day Weekend I have so much to remember.

Grandpa, who served in the Air Force during Vietnam and later went into the Army Reserves, eventually going active duty. He’s been gone for sixteen months now. Always remember.

Dad, who is still alive. He served in the Navy during Vietnam. He got out as fast as he could. He didn’t have the best time in there, but he sure does have some great stories from that experience. Never Forget.

Brother, who is also still alive. Currently still serving in the Missouri National Guard. 2006 tour in Iraq and 2013-2014 tour in Afghanistan. Twelve years in he’s almost halfway to retirement. He could be retired a full twenty years before me. Keep on keeping on.

Family, Friends, Neighbors, Brothers and Sisters. So many people have served, so many have payed the price. The least we could do is remember them.

Grandpa, Brother, Dad
Grandpa, Brother, Dad

Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. ~ Deuteronomy 6: 12

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6 thoughts on “Remembering

  1. Samara is a beautiful soul, much like Rara. I have no doubt they would write about the same message today;these stories and memories of those who give of themselves for us must not die.

  2. Bro Jo-
    First- I’m so blown away that you dedicated this to me. And acknowledged me for my commitment to the Stories blog.

    Everyone involved, including you, has been working hard to make this blog succeed.

    This is indeed a day of commemoration. My brother served in the Army for over 20 years. He spent 10 of the worst months of his life in Somalia, and I’m grateful to him today, and every day.

    Thank you. For everything.

  3. My arms.are wrapped around the veterans who remain here…my thoughts and deepest gratitude are with those who aren’t here. Thank everyone who has served. One day, this has to.end.

  4. I agree – we should remember with pride those who have fought, we should support those who are still fighting, and we should pray for the people who have the power to send others into war.

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